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Shade Cyber Monday 30.11.2015

2007’s Confessions of a shopaholic movie may have been a comedy but in real life shopaholism is no joke.

Cyber Monday can be a blessing, but for some it’s a curse.

Radio Humber News reporter Tamara Shade has more.

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Shade Pricerazzi 23.11.2015

You ever buy something and you find out a week later its on sale or cheaper somewhere else.

A Canadian came up with an app that can help you.

Radio Humber News reporter Tamara Shade has more.

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Shade-final Soldier Today 11.11.2015

Although it is a day to remember those who have fallen

It’s also a day to acknowledge the soldiers who are still fighting.

Humber Reporter Tamara Shade spoke to a soldier who disassembles bombs

and fights on the front lines.

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Shade-final Carbon 25.11.2015

A silent killer could be living in your house and you might not even know it.

I’m talking about Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

A Toronto family of three are lucky to be alive after being exposed to carbon monoxide.

Radio Humber Reporter Tamara Shade has more on this.

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Shade Flu Oct.27.2015
The flu shot is now available in Ontario!

Humber reporter Tamara Shade went to the Humber College clinic for her annual shot.

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Shade Fire Final For October 6

This week is Fire prevention week in Ontario.

Our Humber Radio Reporter Tamara Shade has the story.


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Shade Snow Removal Oct 7 final
The snow removal company from hell, Carrillion was fined almost a million dollars for its lousy preformance in last years snow storms.

The QEW was brough to a stop after the company was slow to remove snow.

Humber reporter Tamara Shade found out how you can protect yourself from inadequate snow removers.

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Shade Journalist FOR SEPT 29
Countries within Asia and Africa face developmental issues.

The Aga Khan foundation is spreading awarness to Canada with its interactive Together truck.

They stopped by Humber College lakeshore campus and brought Award winning journalist Marc Ellison.

Humber Reporter Tamara Shade was on the scene.

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Cavalcade of Lights comes to Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square

Tamara Shade

The 49th annual Cavalcade of Lights celebration takes place on Saturday at Nathan Phillips Square.

The highlight of the event will be the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree.

Canadian musicians, including Juno Award-winning artist Ivana Santilli will perform throughout the evening.

Audiences will be treated to a firework show and a skating party. Nathan Phillips Square ice rink is open now and will stay open all winter. Skate rentals are offered at the rink.

For organizations or vendors who want participate in the event, contact the Toronto Police Public Safety Special Events number: 416-808-5049.

Road closures will take place from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.:

  • Bay Street, from Queen Street to Dundas Street
  • Hagerman Street, from Elizabeth Street to Bay Street
  • Elizabeth Street, from Dundas Street to Hagerman Street
  • Albert Street, from Bay to James Street
  • James Street, from Queen Street to Albert Street
  • Westbound curb lane of Queen Street, from Bay Street to the west side of Nathan Philips Square

Click on video for a preview of performers and the event.

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Modern infused Indigenous Art Exhibits runs at Humber College

Aresell Joseph and Tamara Shade

Drawn from ancestral connection with modern influences, Humber College North campus held its second annual Indigenous Art exhibit this week with critical and popular acclaim.

“Today’s event was organized by the Aboriginal Resource Centre along with the Indigenous Students Association (ISA), ” said Quazance Boissoneau about the show which opened on Tuesday.

Dozens attended and munched on bannock and other tasty Indigenous treats.

The exhibit will run from Nov. 24 until Jan. 22.

Boissoneau said students came up with the event last year because they wanted to educate Humber on Aboriginal culture to reduce stigma.

Humber's Aboriginal Elder Shelley Charles (left) gifted a traditional ribbon shirt to Dr. John Steckley. (Photo/Aresell Joseph)

Humber’s Aboriginal Elder Shelley Charles (left) gifted a traditional ribbon shirt to Dr. John Steckley. (Photo/Aresell Joseph)

Former Humber professor and Aboriginal expert John Steckley launched his new book Instructions to Dying Infidel at the opening ceremony.

“When I first translated the text I saw that it was a story that needed to be told,” Steckley said.

“It gave me an opportunity to show aboriginal voices, as much as I could,” he said.

Steckley said rather than re-writing biased stories on Aboriginal history and people.

He wanted to refocus on their history’s from the Indigenous gaze.

“In the original, written in the later 17th century, that was the title,” Steckley said.

“That was the title in Latin, so I thought this is great.”

He said the Jesuits were interactive with Aboriginals, so he was happy to translate the inclusive discourse.

“I’m finishing the rough draft of that by the end of next month.”

His next book is the Parrot book, he told Humber News in an inclusive.

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Humber College recognizes National Transgender Day

A door filled with closet stories/ Tamara Shade

A door filled with closet stories/ Tamara Shade

Tamara Shade and Jalisa Massiah

Humber College students paid tribute to Marsha P. Johnson, one of the first famous drag queens, as part of National Transgender Day of Remembrance on Friday.

Johnson was a gay, transgender and aids activist in the early 60’s.

She was found floating in the Hudson River in New York City, four days after the Pride March in 1992.

The screening of “Pay It No Mind, The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson,” was shown in the LGBTQ resource center.

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Mayor John Tory signed Toronto’s first Day of Remembrance Proclamation Friday.

“It’s a day to honor transgender people who were killed as a result of transphobic hate crimes,” Tory said.

Many deaths and acts of violence against the transgender community go unreported.

Some of these acts are self-inflicted because of the discrimination the transgender community face.

A new study shows a 41 per cent suicide rate among transgender people, it’s 25 times higher than the general population.

After the screening students at Humber North discussed gender pronouns with which a person identifies.

Some of the pronouns the LGBTQ community use are, “she/he/singular they, ze/zie/spivak, and xe.”

How do you know which pronoun someone uses? Avoid assumptions or ask them respectfully.

One of the biggest misconceptions about transgender people is that their sexual attraction should be with the opposite sex of their physical appearance.

Reagan McSwain, third- year journalism student said, “There’s this idea that if you transition that your still a straight person, so why have you transition in the first place, if you all of a sudden gay?”

He adds that although trans and gender are two separate things the moment you identify with both pronouns people become confused.

“The two can co-exist in the same person,” said McSwain.

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Ending Mexico visa requirement a good move for Canada, observers say

Mexican Airline/Oliver Jolzbauer

By Tamara Shade

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has formally committed to lifting the visa requirements for Mexican citizens entering Canada.

In 2009, the Conservative government imposed a policy requiring that Mexican citizens have a visa to enter the country. Now the new Liberal government, which was sworn in earlier this month, has changed that policy.

“Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto said that Trudeau confirmed the commitment during a face-to-face meeting with Canada’s new prime minister at the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey,” CBC News reported on Tuesday.

“As a frequent visitor to Mexico, I think it’s a good move,” James Metcalfe, director of immigration for the Pace Law Firm, told Humber News this week.

Metcalfe said the visa requirement was imposed on Mexico because of a large number of Mexican nationals making refugee claims at ports of entry.

Shoshana Green, an immigration lawyer with Green and Spiegel LLP in Toronto, agreed with Metcalfe.

“It was more of a belief many years ago that there were unfounded claims being made by Mexican citizens in Canada and [politicians] felt there were too many Mexicans citizens coming to Canada making refugee claims,” Green said.

When a person boards an airplane or enters the country by land they have to establish what their intentions are when they are in Canada, Green said.

The situation with respect to backlogs and quick removals of “spurious refugee claims” has improved in the immigration refugee boards, Metcalfe said.

He also noted that Canada shares a continent with Mexico and that the two countries are part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, along with the United States.

“I think it was strictly the influx of the people making the refugee claims, it was swamping the immigration refugee board,” said Metcalfe.

Most of the people applying for refugee status were denied because they did not meet the definition of refugee.

“They weren’t stopping legitimate visitors to Canada who were applying for visitor visas,” he said.

The requirement to have a visa had become a problem between Canada and Mexico.

In 2013 the Mexican Ambassador said he was “really mad” at then prime minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.

Metcalfe said getting rid of the visa will help with tourism.

“There’s a growing middle class in Mexico who obviously want to look at Canada as a place to visit and perhaps migrate to,” he said.

Metcalfe said Canada offers a very safe and comfortable life style here and the economic opportunities are very good.

Green said the visa was process wasn’t easy.

“You have to document [and] fill out application forms [and] you have to provide a tremendous amount of supporting documents to demonstrate what your intentions are for coming to Canada,” she said.

“Hopefully by removing the visa requirement it will foster better relations between the two countries and promote Canada within Mexico,” said Green.

For the original story visit Humber News.

Senator Mike Duffy’s trial reopens Thursday

Tamara Shade and Jalisa Massiah

By: Ayelie (Editor at Large)

Senator Mike Duffy. (Photo/Ayelie Editor at Large)

Senator Mike Duffy’s trial reopened in an Ottawa court Thursday and a key witness is set to testify.

Duffy’s friend and former colleague Gerald Donohue will testify via video link in court today.

Duffy, who is still on leave with pay, is facing 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery.

One of the charges relates to the personal cheque of $90,000 provided by Nigel Wright, who was chief of staff to then prime minister Stephen Harper.

“Nigel Wright did write the check,” University of Toronto professor Nelson Wiseman said.

But will Duffy get jail time?  That’s the question everyone’s asking.

“It doesn’t matter what you’re on trial for, but he’s not guilty until he’s proven guilty in a court,” Wiseman said.

“It’s very hard to convict someone in a Canadian court especially on things like this,” he added.

Wiseman noted there is nothing to stop the upper chamber from suspending Duffy again.

“The Senate isn’t meeting because Parliament hasn’t been reconvening and it won’t be until Dec.3 and I doubt that they will cut off his pay,” Wiseman said.

“I suspect he will get off on most of the charges if not all of them,” Wiseman added.

Wiseman said he thinks he will get off on most of them because the rules are very obscure, they’re vague and they’re general.

Gillian Rokosh, Senator Linda Frum’s assistant, is the Crown’s first witness, and she will testify about the process of processing travel expense claims.

If Duffy were to be convicted one lawyer suggested what might happen.

“When the courts look into sentencing they take in a number of things that can be classified in two categories, the first thing being what’s aggravating about this and what’s mitigating,” Ahmad Mozaffari, a criminal lawyer not connected to the case, said.

He added Duffy’s age and health would likely be mitigating factors, but his alleged breach of trust would be an aggravating factor.

“It’s likely he will get a conditional sentence,” Mozaffari said, adding the accused could potentially “serve their sentence within the community… that of course is some middle ground.”

“[However] I’m sure the crown will be looking for some jail time, there is some likelihood he will go to jail,” he said.

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Ontario elementary school teachers vote in favour of new contract

Tamara Shade

Teachers are returning to the classroom after work-to-rule action. Photo/Ontario Federation of Labour

After a bitter battle with the Government of Ontario, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new contract.

According to a statement from ETFO, 86 per cent of Ontario teachers and occasional teacher members agreed to the deal.

Also, 98 per cent of the ETFO locals voted to ratify the central agreement.

The agreement was reached in early November after a lengthy negotiation.

ETFO president Sam Hammond said he was shocked at the development back in September when the Ontario School Board’s Association walked away from the central bargaining table.

However, Hammond was complimentary in Friday’s announcement.

“While this round of bargaining was exceptionally lengthy and difficult, ETFO members pressed for improvements related to student learning conditions such as special education, class size and composition, teacher professional judgement and health and safety issues,” Hammond said.

As part of the agreement, the unions and provincial government will review staffing and class sizes for full-day kindergarten and classes between grades four to eight.

“The Liberal government needs to focus its attention on elementary students. Class sizes in FDK, junior and intermediate grades that are in line with those at the secondary level, and supporting elementary students with special needs, should be priorities for the government and school boards on an ongoing basis,” Hammond said.

Other deal commitments include:

– The Ministry of Education, school boards and union officials will look at developing ways to better support special needs students.

– School boards have to make an effort to avoid the split of full-day kindergarten and grade one classrooms.

– Schools will provide occasional teachers with classroom keys to ensure the safety of students and staff in case of a lockdown.

– School boards will implement recommendations of the 2014 Health and Safety Task Force.

For the original story visit Humber News.

Environment Canada issues GTA severe weather alert

Tamara Shade and Jalisa Massiah

The Greater Toronto Area is in for a messy Thursday and Friday, according to Environment Canada.

The agency issued a special weather statement stretching from Windsor all the way to Toronto, York, Durham, Halton and Peel.

Residents can expect severe wind gusts up to 80 km/h as thunderstorms from the upper U.S. Midwest and Ohio Valley batter the region.

Geoff Coulson, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said it’s a “two-hands on the wheel” kind of day.

Environment Canada warned pedestrians to be on the look out for flying debris and other objects.

The agency said a number of people could lose power due to the strong winds.

The weather system will move on the Atlantic Canada, and areas to the west can expect rain and snow.

Eastern Manitoba and northwest Ontario may see 2 to 8 cm. of snowfall.

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Reassignment Surgery Accessible Across Ontario

By Tamara Shade


Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins


Referrals for sex reassignment surgery will be more accessible for transgender people across Ontario effective in 2016.

Currently, Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is the only clinic able to refer transgender patients for reassignment surgery through the Gender Identity Clinic program.

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins said wait times have been growing, limiting patient access and contributing to incredible stress and anxiety for vulnerable transgender patients.

“To reduce wait times and provide better access to important necessary health care services our government is introducing today… regulatory amendments to the health insurance act,” and “These proposed amendments will allow medical referrals for insured sex reassignment surgery to be provided by health care providers anywhere in this province, not just at CAMH,” said Hoskins.



The Health Insurance Act proposes that all qualified health  care providers be equipped to provide referrals for the  surgery early next year.

“The high rates of mental illness and other  challenges faced by those who are experiencing gender dysphoria… I can only imagine the additional stress and  anxiety and impact of knowing that the path one has to travel  to seek out and receive support and be affirmed that must  dramatically increase that anxiety,” and “We need to fix this,” said Hoskins.

Sex reassignment surgery was relisted on OHIP in 2008 and the minister said transgender needs should no longer be limited to one institution across the province.

Trans Program Coordinator at Sherbourne Health Centre and member of the LGBT community Kusha Dadui attended the press conference on Friday and said he thinks it’s a great step.

“I’m really happy about it, I think it kind of helps me support my clients better too knowing that this is going to happen,” said Dadui.

Director of Strategy and Performance at Women’s College Hospital Cheryl Woodman said she is pleased with the opportunity the ministry has presented and said it’s really exciting.

The Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Act was passed by the Ontario legislature unanimously in June of 2015 recognizing the rights of the LGBTQ communities.

The Ontario government gives $1.1 million annualy to Rainbow Health Ontario to provide LGBTQ communities with health care services.

“The ministry has really stepped up to deal with health equity and providing better access to care for the transgender community,” said Woodman.

For the original story visit Humber News.

Ontario government pushing use of carbon monoxide detector

Tamara Shade

Carbon monoxide poisoning is often referred to as the silent killer and the Ontario government is pushing for residents to install detectors in their homes.

“There’s a very simple reason for having a carbon monoxide alarm at home, is it saves lives,” Yasir Naqvi, minister of community safety and correctional services, told Humber News Thursday following a Carbon Monoxide Week public awareness event.

Naqvi said it is the leading cause of accidental poisoning in Canada because the gas is odorless, tasteless, and colourless.

He said every year on average 11 people in Ontario and approximately 50 people in Canada die every year due to carbon monoxide.

“Just last year Ontario firefighters received about 3,700 calls involving carbon monoxide calls mostly at apartments or home,” Naqvi said. “Ontario has become a safety leader in Canada because we are the first jurisdiction to require that … you have a carbon monoxide alarm in the home.”

The Ontario Liberal government passed Bill 77 – a law requiring the installation of detectors in residences. The alarms must be installed in all sleeping areas near burning appliances.

Naqvi said alarms need to be installed every five to 10 years and you need to check the expiration date.
He added the alarms are affordable and cost between $35-40 for a mid-range plug-in or battery alarm. A higher-end model can cost up to $70.

According to Parachute Canada’s website, a national organization dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives, “$1 spent on poison prevention saves $7 in health care costs.”

For the original story visit Humber News.